Obama Gets Slight Bump in Quinnipiac Poll
President Obama scores his highest approval ratings in nearly two years in a new Quinnipiac University poll out early today, but that spike does not translate to his handling of the economy.
A majority of voters -- 52 percent -- approves of the job Obama is doing as president in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, while just 40 percent disapprove. That is up substantially from the last publicly-released poll in late March that showed Obama's approval rating at only 42 percent. It is also higher than a poll that Quinnipiac had in the field from April 26-May 1, which showed Obama's approval rating at 46 percent.
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The improvement in Obama's numbers comes mainly from male voters, according to the poll. His approval rating among men jumped from 39 percent before the killing of bin Laden, to 51 percent after. Among women, his approval rating rose by only one point between the two surveys.
Obama's approval rating on foreign policy has risen from 43 percent in pre-bin Laden polling to 51 percent. But on the economy, 57 percent of voters disapproved of Obama's job performance in both the pre- and post-bin Laden polls.